air. SAM. HUGHES. In the * Citizen ' of yesterday I find the following despatch from the Canadian Associated Press, of which therefore the Finance Minister will not deny the authenticity :
A parliamentary report issued by the War Office with reference to South Africa shows a forfeit of ten pounds per animal had to be paid on 1,685 horses bought in Hungary, three pounds on those secured in New Zealand, while in Canada the proceeds of a sale of 1,152 remounts bought at an average of $140 per head, amounted to no more than an average of $42.
We have frequently asked to have this matter investigated, but the minister has always refused. I would ask the Finance Minister whether there is any intention on the part of the government of having any inquiry ? I would also ask if it is the intention of the government to take any steps with regard to closer relations with the empire as a whole ? If I understand the sentiment of all nationalities in the Dominion, the vast majority of the people of all parties are of the opinion that the time is now ripe, so far as Canada is concerned, for closer relations. I believe that the people of the outlying parts of the empire would heartily accept any proposition looking towards a full partnership in the concerns of Greater Britain-Great Britain could retain her own parliament, Canada her own, Australia hers, New Zealand hers, and South Africa hers, with certain arrangements for the Crown colonies. It would be a simple thing for the genius of the empire to provide a greater Britain parliament in which in matters relating to international and interimperial affairs, the army and navy, the consular and ambassadorial service, the colonies would have an equal voice with the mother country. The excellent speech delivered by the hon. member for St. James (Mr. Gervais) shows that public sentiment is ripe to bring about such a condition of affairs that Canadians should become full partners in the upbuilding of the empire. I intended bringing the matter up some time ago, but as I will not have any other opportunity I would ask the government now if they have any intention of giving an expression of opinion on this matter so as to strengthen the hands of Mr. Chamberlain and his friends in the coming contest in Great Britain ?